By Uheua Kariuovisa
AS the curtain closes on the year 2017, we are faced yet again with a period of relaxation and leisure, before the cycle continues at the beginning of 2018, which will signal a fresh year and a fresh start.
It happens every year during the festive season that we forget the entire 11 preceding months, as we engage in excessive laughter, fun and joy.
However, we forget that December should be a period of introspection, inner-reflections and positioning for what lies ahead.
It is important to understand that there will always issues in our existence which need fine-tuning and adjustment, and by my own experience, this is the right to time to engage with yourself.
What were your plans at the beginning of the year? How far did you go in realising these goals? What were the obstacles? What were the success stories? Are these goals still relevant? What are the new goals?
Indeed, December is a time of reflection.
This is the month when each person should retreat to their corner and reflect on where they are and where they wish to drive their lives to.
In the year 2015, when I failed English, and it meant that I would not be accepted to a tertiary institution, this left me confused.
I thought that it was the end of my life, as I entered that December shamed and hopeless, to reflect on my life and what I did wrong in the preceding 11 months.
This meant that I had to have an honest conversation with myself and be truthful about what I did wrong.
During my introspection in December of 2015, I recall sitting with my family around the fire, and people had glorious and successful stories to share, and it finally hit me that I can have a good story to tell every year, but I need to start somewhere.
The next year, in 2016, I with vigour retook the subject at Namcol, and today, because of that time I took to reflect carefully, I made better decisions and I am now enrolled at the tertiary institution of my choice.
This is the same reflection that my fellow young people should consider, particularly to review how they have progressed, both on a personal and financial level.
The questions should include: How did I save this year? How did I invest this year? What where my priorities? Do they reflect progress and a move in the right direction?
What did you really work for in the past 11 months?
Let us think about these questions and we must open our minds and eyes and see what we did for the entire year. Do you really have the reward of the past 11 months? This is indeed the time to reflect.
As young people, we spend most of our time running after the so-called finer things in life, which only includes sex, entertainment and alcohol.
However, this in itself is failure dressed as success, because life is about growth on different levels and in stages. Just like in the school system each year, each grade needs to be graduated, and hence, life has stages and we cannot remain at a level, due to bad choices.
Remember, there three types of people in the world – the person you think you can be, the person whom others think you should be and the person you can be.
It is indeed good to indulge in the finer things of life as young people, but let us not lose focus this December.
Let us not forget that we need to reflect and face the year 2018 with vigour, purpose and drive. Our destiny is in our hands, but we cannot only do that when we create the time with ourselves, as well as doing the right research and homework, about your goals.
We have been rated as a nation that consumes a lot of alcohol, but this also mean that we spend less time reading and developing strategies and ways to assist the government and our leaders.
We can all contribute positively, but let us start having the right conversations with ourselves. It starts here.
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